Less than 24 hours after getting a Commercial Driver License (Class A CDL License) to drive trucks, Michael Migolla was climbing into the cab of an 18- wheeler for his first haul: a cross-country trip from New Jersey to California. The drive would take him through rain, sleet and his first-ever snowfall. Michael Migolla was living his dream.
“I was a little boy growing up just outside Havana, and I loved trucks and everything about them,” he recalled, then laughed as he remembered more: “I’d see my older brother driving trucks in Cuba and beg him to take me with him when I didn’t have school. If he refused, I’d raise a stink and run off to file a complaint with our mom!” Just a few rides and he was hooked on the open road. After leaving Cuba “where I couldn’t be anything”, Michael was working at a garage and then a factory before enrolling at EZ Wheels Driving School. Fifteen years later, he calls it “one of the very best things to happen to me.” He owed that first trucking job to the school, which immediately put its network of contacts to place him in a job. The school’s job placement service has gotten
him countless jobs over the years.
“I used to work 12 hours a day, 6 days a week at the factory. As soon as I started driving, I was making in one week what used to take me a month at the factory.”
Then more dreams started falling into place…like getting his mom out of a small, dingy apartment and renting her a spacious house, getting to see 48 U.S. states, and later, becoming a family man able to treat his wife and little girls to vacations in Disney World and Santo Domingo.
“I don’t live like a millionaire, but I’m able to take care of my family and take care of my mom,” not to mention, satisfy his thirst to see the world: “If there was a route to Alaska or Hawaii, I would’ve seen all 50 states by now!” laughs Michael.
Getting a Class A License
For someone who loves independence, exploration, and the open road, becoming a commercial driver with a Class A license lived up to everything Michael dreamed possible for his life. And after so many years of experience, he has a word of advice for anyone considering becoming a driver.
“Today, I know lots of schools…I think EZ Wheels Driving School is one of the best if not THE best school. They work hard to tailor things to the students. To this day, I’ve got great friends there. If I ever need work, they pick up the phone, and I immediately have a job. Everyone there – from the instructors to the ladies in the office – are warm and kind. I’ll even go by and visit when I’m in town. I can’t say enough good things about them.” And whatever happened to that big brother who inspired him to become a trucker all those years ago?
“We went to EZ Wheels together!”, said Michael, “We both graduated at the same time and were even partners on the road for three years!”
These days, his brother prefers to stick to local hauls and sleep in his bed every night. One day, Michael knows he may want to take advantage of his profession’s flexibility and do the same. But for now, the open road still beckons. “I’ve seen America. I’ve gotten to know places I never would’ve known. And I’m still curious. I can’t wait to see what’s next on my journey.”
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COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSE MANUAL SPANISH EDITION
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COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSE MANUAL
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What are the benefits of taking a 6 hour defensive driving course? We can start with having the ability to handle your vehicle in all situations is invaluable.
A defensive driving course will teach you;
Crash prevention – Driving skills to help avoid traffic accidents and how to recognize hazards before they are unavoidable. Strategies that are learned in defensive driving courses will include;
- Knowing your right of way
- Passing and necessary clear distance
- Awareness of reaction distance
- Knowledge of vehicles stopping distances
- Strategies for following distance
Are just a few that will become second nature and improve your ability to be safer on the road.
Proper use of safety equipment– Almost half of all deaths that are due to car crashes could have been prevented. They could have been prevented if the person in the vehicle had worn a safety belt. This is a sad statistic. The better prepared you are as driver, the more knowledge you have about the safety equipment in the vehicle you drive, the more likely you will be to properly utilize it. The use of seat belts, child safety seats, air bags and head rest are all designed to reduce the risk of injury and or death in the event of a car crash. Defensive driving courses emphasize the use of this equipment for improved safety for all passengers.
Personal skills– defensive driving courses will educate you on how to prevent potential dangerous situations such as, emotional distress, road rage, fatigue and stress that can distract a driver from the proper focus of driving.
DUI– Also, a part of defensive driving course is the education of the effect of drugs and alcohol and how they use of these substances can impact the driver’s motor skills, judgment and the consequences of being found guilty of driving under the influence.
Taking a defensive driving course will improve your driving knowledge, skills for your safety and others.
Lower insurance premiums
In today’s word of rising prices and premiums why not take advantage of a good thing. A defensive driving course and certificate will not only help you become a better driver, it can also save you up to 10% on your auto insurance premiums for 3 to 5 years after you have completed the course. Saving like this is real and should be enjoyed.
If you find yourself in the position with points on your driving record this could be harmful in many different way. Increase insurance premiums, too many points can lead to loss of your driving privileges. By completing a defensive driving course you will immediately remove 2 Points from your driving record. That will get you started in the right direction.
Improving your driving skills, lowering your cost of auto insurance and taking any points off your license are great reasons to take a 6 hour defensive driving course and become a better driver.
We talked about it before. The demand for truck drivers is still high. Even before our students finish their training, they have recruiters from the major carriers offering them wonderful opportunities. This is an incredible time.
If you find yourself without work or want to trade in your job for a new career this is the time to act. What a wonderful chance to take care of your family, take care of yourself. You get to choose your path. Will you be a driver that travels the country or stay local? Do you want to relocate? These are all possibilities. The best part, in a few short weeks these dreams turn into reality. For us here at EZ Wheels Driving School, there is nothing more rewarding then to see people of all races, religions and genders come to our school and leave with fulfilling careers. We have so many success stories. It really makes us feel good.
The demand for trucker drivers is expected to grow by 21 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The U.S. trucking industry is expected to create more than 330,000 jobs by the end of the decade. This expected growth coupled with current driver retirements, recent regulations and competition from other sources, will put driving jobs in high demand. Trucking companies are motivated to find new drivers and are becoming more aggressive in trying to retain their current employees by offering bonuses, pay incentives and better working conditions.
During this period, the trucking industry is expected to create more jobs than all but seven other occupations including registered nurses (711,900 additional jobs), retail sales workers (706,800 jobs), home health aides (706,300 jobs), personal care aides (607,000 jobs) and office and other clerks (489,500).
The demand for truck drivers includes
• Long-Haul Drivers
• Heavy Duty Operators
• Hazardous Material
• Delivery Driver’s
• Fork lift operators
As many sectors of the job market still struggle, a career as a truck driver may be just the ticket to get you on track. Here are some other reasons why a career as a truck driver is appealing.
Since well-trained truck drivers are in such high demand across the country, new drivers are able to enjoy high starting wages. As drivers gain more experience behind-the-wheel, they can earn even better pay.
Truck driving is ideal for individuals who want to be able to move around the country and always find a job. Skilled and safe drivers will always find steady employment since transportation services are in high demand.
Complete Coverage Many trucking companies offer complete health benefits including vision, dental, and worker’s compensation insurance for truck drivers and their families.
To attract new truck drivers, many companies offer signing bonuses as much as $5,000 in addition to substantial starting wages.
To become a commercial driver in the state of NJ
You must get or already have a basic New Jersey Driver License first.
There are different Commercial Driver Licenses (CDL) classes depending on the commercial vehicle that you will be driving¬. Each CDL class has its own regulations.
From the State of NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
Class A includes
• Tractor trailers
• Any truck and trailer combination with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds – provided that the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is more than 10,000 pounds
• Any vehicle in B, C or D categories, if you have qualified for the proper extra endorsements
Class B includes
• Any vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds
• A vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds towing a trailer with a GVWR of less than 10,000 pounds
• A bus with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including driver)
• Vehicles in Class C and D categories – provided you have qualified for the proper extra endorsements
Class C includes
• Any vehicle with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds used to transport hazardous material (with mandatory placard)
• Any bus designed to carry 16 or more passengers (including the driver) and with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds
• School vehicles designed for 15 passengers or less (including the driver)
• Any bus or vehicle used for hire and designed to transport eight to 15 passengers (including the driver)
This is an exciting time to start a career as a truck driver. We will even show you how to become a truck driver.
Lower Auto Insurance Defensive Driving Course NJ
1. Take a defensive driving course. Many auto insurance companies will offer discounts to drivers who have successfully completed a Defensive driving course at an accredited driving school.
2. Vehicle’s with car safety and security features. Driving a car that has a number of built-in safety features, such as airbags and anti-lock brakes, and security features, like anti-theft and engine cut-off systems, may qualify you for additional discounts on your auto insurance premiums. This is because statistically vehicles with these features are less likely to be in an accident or stolen than those that don’t have them.
3. Check to see if a higher deductibles is right for you. The higher your deductible (the amount of money you are willing to pay in the event of a claim) the lower your premium generally is. Typically, deductibles range from $0 to $1,500. You should check with your insurance agent to see if this is the right way for you to lower your premiums.
4. Park it in the garage. Many insurance companies offer discounts to people who park their cars inside a garage. Statistics show that vehicles in garages are less likely to be stolen or in accidents.
5. Shop and compare car insurance quotes. Be sure to get several auto insurance quotes when shopping around, then compare them side by side to pick the one that’s best for your situation.
ATTENTION ALL EZ WHEELS DRIVING SCHOOL STUDENTS PAST & PRESENT
We are lucky to have the Recruiter from Western Express coming to our locations as part of our Job Placement Program. Check the location for times,
When: Tuesday April 28th 2015
Woodbridge area branch at 10am
171 New Brunswick Avenue, Hopelawn, NJ 08861
Elizabeth area branch at 1pm
230 Commerce Place. Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Passaic area branch at 3pm
954 Main Avenue, Passaic, NJ 07055
Union City area branch at 5pm
1518 Summit Avenue, Union City, NJ 07087
October 28, 2014
Colleagues and Fellow Veterans,
We need your help getting the word out to eligible spouses of fallen Service members. This may be a bit longer than most notes, but we want to make sure you have as much information as we have.
The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”) was recently signed into law. Most of the Act pertains to Veterans health care but it also included two provisions affecting GI Bill® benefits. This note pertains to the Fry Scholarship; my next note will talk about in-state tuition.
Forklift training is a critical aspect of operating a forklift safely. EZ Wheels Driving School has offered FORKLIFT TRAINING, OSHA CERITICATION and the classes to acquire a FORKLIFT LISENCE for many years. We provide a real world facility to operate the forklift in, one on one training and class room instruction. Our students are safer and better prepared because of this. From the years of experience we have we wanted to share these 4 keys to begin to look and FORKLIFT SAFETY.